Restoring a youthful appearance doesn’t always require a traditional facelift. Cosmetic facial surgery can smooth away years from your appearance, but is time-consuming, invasive and still cannot lengthen the face. The biggest downside to cosmetic surgery is that it does not always address the real cause of premature aging, so the effects of a facelift may not last as long as desired.
The soft tissue of the face is held up by underlying structures that include the jaw, teeth and bones. As we age, the natural wear and tear on our teeth causes the bite to get shorter, along with our faces. This change can throw off the balance between our bite or teeth and our facial structure, so the teeth no longer provide the necessary support for the soft tissue to stay looking healthy and youthful.
Nighttime teeth grinding is a common culprit. Over the years, it erodes the teeth and pushes the jaw out of place, contributing to sunken or collapsed faces, thin lips and other signs of aging. Surgical facelifts manipulate the soft tissue of the face, but they cannot treat the structural problem that caused that tissue to lose its youthful shape. The height of the bite and the size of the teeth along with a correctly aligned lower jaw help the patient look years younger without facial surgery. If the patient has already had facial surgery, Face Lift Dentistry® can dramatically improve the results.
Face Lift Dentistry ® can be performed in less than two weeks without surgery, loss of work or embarrassment. After the first visit, temporaries are set in place and the effects are noticed immediately, without long and painful healing times. The total treatment is completed in two visits, and the corrected bite and improved jaw position transforms the patient’s face.
Face Lift Dentistry ® is not surgery. The treatment, developed by Dr. Sam Muslin, is a natural method of bite reconstruction that restores the teeth and jaw to a position that leaves the face fully supported and optimized in all dimensions. Custom porcelain veneers or crowns fit over the teeth to ease the jaw into its proper position. Face Lift Dentistry ® non-invasively maximizes the form and function of the patient’s tooth structure so that the patient’s face is permanently lengthened and naturally appears more youthful.
Years worth of average dental work can produce a mismatched set of teeth. In addition to normal wear, a cobbled-together appearance can also make the entire face look too old. Face Lift Dentistry ®, a procedure that is as much an art as a science, includes replacing old dental work to craft a biologically compatible result that is rejuvenated and optimized to the individual facial characteristics of the patient.
Matching, natural-looking dental restorations can reduce the signs of aging more naturally than cosmetic surgery. Rather than artificially removing the wrinkles that are an unavoidable part of life, Face Lift Dentistry ® revives the patient’s teeth and jaw for a change that is subtle but naturally dramatic. There’s no cutting, no healing, and no plastic-looking appearance.
The results are cosmetic, functional and healthful. During a Dental Face Lift ®, all tooth decay is removed. When the old dental work is replaced with biologically compatible materials, the decay-promoting bacteria are cleared away. The patient’s gums are healthier because old, ill-fitting dental work is no longer harboring bacteria. The environment of the entire mouth is improved, ensuring that the patient’s health improves and has a fresh new start on their dental health.
Before having a traditional facelift, patients should consider the health of their teeth and jaws. For many, repairing dental damage and rebuilding the bite with Face Lift Dentistry® can revitalize the face in a dramatic fashion.
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